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Green Homes: The Shift to Low Energy Homes.
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The Shift to Low Energy Homes
Zero carbon and the implementation of the ‘2025 Future Homes Standard’ will drive significant change; greening our homes is an essential part of greening our planet.
With the UK Government target for carbon net zero emissions by 2050 and growing concerns about energy efficiency and the environment, both residential and non-residential space heating products are increasingly designed to deliver improved thermal performance and produce lower carbon emissions.
Source: English Housing Survey/AMA Research
Percentage of UK Households with Central Heating 1996, 2006 and 2019
In the residential installed electric heating sector, there remains a significant replacement opportunity for storage heaters. Industry sources estimate that there are around 5 million storage heaters in use in the UK that are on average 15-20 years old. If these were replaced by modern high heat retention models, such as those constructed with a Chamotte clay core, considerable energy savings can be made.
As the UK moves towards the decarbonisation of the electricity supply, direct acting fixed panel heaters are increasingly specified as a method of space heating alongside low carbon hot water solutions in new build developments. Their flexibility also makes them ideal for refurbishment projects.
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- The extent and type of energy efficient technologies being adopted in new build residential projects
- The most popular technologies used as retrofit to improve energy efficiency in existing homes
- How Smart Meters affect consumer attitudes to energy efficiency in their homes
Average CO2 Emissions of New and Existing Housing in England 2014 & 2020
Source: MHCLG/AMA Research (NB: CO2 emission estimates are based on standardised assumptions about dwelling occupancy and energy use)
The Buildings Mission is the first mission of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge, with the objective to at least halve the energy use of all new buildings by 2030.
This will be achieved by:
- Ensuring that every new building is safe, of high quality, efficient and uses clean heating from low carbon sources.
- Innovating to bring down the cost of building low energy, low carbon buildings.
- Driving lower carbon, lower cost, and higher quality construction through innovative techniques.
- Giving consumers more control over how they use energy through smart technologies.
- Accelerating a transformation to modern methods of construction in the construction sector.
In 2020, large suppliers were responsible for 96% of installations of smart meters in domestic properties.
A recent addition to the installed residential electric heating sector is infrared heating panels. These are a modern, electric heating solution and many have DIY installation options, making the transition to this system easy and straightforward.
Smart electric radiators which can be controlled wirelessly by smartphone are now widely available. These enable remote adjustment of timings and temperature in individual rooms, and also monitoring daily running costs and electricity consumption. Other features include voice activation control and motion sensors that detect when the room is occupied.
With the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) in recent years, the development of smart heating control technologies has had a significant impact on the UK non-residential heating market. These are increasingly used for managing energy efficiency, supporting preventative maintenance measures and enabling remote diagnostics.
Heating Controls Market - Smart & Conventional; by Value (£m MSP) 2016-2025
Source: AMA Research/Trade Estimates
Climate control has become an important aspect of the home automation mix, given the increased focus on the more intelligent use of heating and cooling devices within a home automation environment. The main attraction when smart climate control systems first came to market were the resulting cost savings for homeowners, as well as the attraction of being able to remotely access, schedule and control heating systems remotely with a smartphone.
Abdul is a research professional with +9 years’ experience in research analysis. He has particular experience in both financial data analysis and investigative research and works in AMA Research with a focus on Plumbing, Heating and Electrical reports and services within the business.
Recent advances in technology and innovation helped ameliorate the perception of cost being a hurdle in the growth of the home automation market. As manufacturers are addressing consumer concerns, such as developing features that dovetail into existing automation systems with minimal additional costs, and as technological improvements have been made in data security, these have helped support the continuous growth of the automation market. The Home Automation market is expected to hit double digit growth as soon as 2023 following the pandemic disruption, with a forecasted increase of 47% by 2025!”
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